RYA Day Skipper Fastrack

RYA Day Skipper Fastrack

Our RYA Day Skipper Combined FastTrack training course is one of our most popular and for good reason. Once you have completed the RYA Competent Crew course it is an excellent, cost effective, way to gain both the RYA Day Skipper theory and Day Skipper Practical tidal qualification with just one full week off work. It is also recognized as evidence of competence when applying for an International Certificate of Competence (ICC).

Completing the practical course straight after the theory course gives excellent continuity and enables you to share the whole Day Skipper journey with others of a like mind.

What‘s covered on this course?

RYA Day Skipper Theory:
You’ll begin the training course by spending four days in our Gibraltar classroom with a highly experienced instructor. You’ll cover the basics of navigation – including tidal calculations, chart reading and navigation, collision regulations,  meteorology and  the use of electronic navigational aids and AIS. At the end of the course you’ll be well prepared to take the RYA Day Skipper theory tests.  You will need to bring your brain, a notepad, a 2B pencil, a rubber, a pen and a calculator with you. 

RYA Day Skipper Practical (tidal):
After completing the theory element, you’ll join our training yacht to put it all into practice over the next five days. Under the guidance of an experienced RYA instructor you’ll take on all aspects of skippering a yacht – including sail trim, stern-to and alongside mooring, pilotage, passage planning, anchoring and safety management on board. As part of the training course you’ll have the chance to develop your leadership skills by taking charge of a short passage. But don't worry! Our instructor will remain on hand to give advice and encouragement and ensure your safety.

What experience do I need?

Check you're up to scratch and can do everything on the Competent Crew Syllabus and then you'll know you're ready for Day Skipper Fastrack.  You must be over 16.

What's included?

  • Accommodation on board throughout the course
  • Breakfast, lunch, refreshments and two evening meals – during the practical course only
  • The theory element of this course is self catering.  However, a basic breakfast pack is provided 
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Bedding and towels
  • Safety equipment
  • Mooring fees
  • All charts and publications.
  • RYA Day Skipper theory Course
  • RYA Day Skipper Practical course.


Upon successful completion of our Day Skipper FastTrack training course you'll be awarded the RYA Day Skipper Theory and RYA Day Skipper Practical (tidal) qualification. The Day Skipper practical qualification also enables you to apply for an International Certificate of Competence (ICC).

Course schedule:

Start:  09:30 sharp on Saturday at Queensway Quay Marina. 

End: 16:30 on Sunday at Queensway Quay Marina

Accommodation on board is available on the Friday evening by prior arrangement at a cost of £50.   Contact us to reserve your berth

This is a 9 day course.  

Course cost:

Low Season (1st November - 31st March) from:  £1049

High Season (1st April - 31st October) from: £1149

Option for own cabin:

To guarantee your own cabin for the duration of your course, please select available dates below. 

Low Season (1st November - 31st March) from:  £1399

High Season (1st April - 31st October) from: £1499

Please note: If you choose not to guarantee your own cabin, you may be allocated a saloon berth. 

If you are making a booking for two people and are happy to share a cabin with each other, you do not need to select the own cabin option. 

How to book:

It's easy!  Just select the training course date you want below.  Click on book, confirm that this is the course and date that you want and then complete your details on our secure online booking system.  A 25% deposit is all that's needed, with the balance payable 30 days before your course starts. 

What's next?

Being a qualified Day Skipper will allow you to charter yachts all around the world and RYA Day Skipper sail within the charter company's specified range from a safe haven.

Although this is enough for many people, the next step is the RYA Coastal Skipper Practical training course or to progress extra swiftly the RYA Coastal Skipper combined course. The RYA Coastal Skipper qualification will allow you to undertake more challenging and longer passages by day and night, handle the yacht in more demanding conditions and progress along your journey to RYA Yachtmaster.  Our Extended Yachtmaster Preparation Course incorporates our Coastal Skipper Combined all the way through to RYA Yachtmaster.  

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Have a Question?

If you have any questions please email us or call on +44 7925 784407 or see our Frequently Asked Questions.